Helping Hands 2020


Friday, December 10, 2021

We look forward to hosting another great year for our community. If you would like more information on how you can support this year's Holiday Jam, please contact our office at 818.885.5341 ext.3 

We are always looking for donations of small toys, board games and backpacks. If you would like to be a sponsor at this year's event, please reach out to us. This is an amazing event, and the children look forward to it every year!

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"Helping Hands" Holiday Jam hit the streets of the San Fernando Valley to spread cheer! 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Northridge Hospital Foundation and Northridge Hospital Medical Center were not be able to host the 20th Annual “Helping Hands” Holiday Jam.

HOWEVER… the tradition had to go on!

This year, the Foundation and the Hospital, in partnership with many community partners and donors, were able to spread joy and kindness throughout the San Fernando Valley! Five local elementary schools including Blythe Elementary, Cantara Elementary, Michelle Obama Elementary, Panorama City Elementary, & Parthenia Elementary received a special delivery in early December, 300 gift bags were delivered to children attending these schools. The children are part of the “Title1/No Child Left Behind” program that provides financial assistance to local agencies for the education of children of low-income families. For many of these children, this may be their only Christmas.

A Special Message from a few of the Principals...

“Thank you so much for your great generosity!!! The Hummingbirds at Panorama City Elementary School greatly appreciated your donation and sacrifice! You have brought smiles and joy to so many of our families in need this holiday season. Our students and their parents were so surprised and appreciative of the gifts that my heart is still smiling!! Thank you and all your donors from the bottom of my heart!”


Olivia Flores-Torres, Principal

Panorama City Elementary School



“We are so very thankful for the partnership with Northridge Hospital Foundation and the Hospital. The Holiday Jam gifts we received for our kindergarten children helped brighten the holidays for our students during these unprecedented times. Thank you so much!”


Carmen Dominguez, Principal

Michelle Obama Elementary School



"Parthenia Academy of Arts and Technology once again was treated to the most wonderful spirit of Christmas by the staff of the Northridge Hospital Medical Center.  The generosity of the staff of NHMC enabled 75 second grade students to receive gifts that might not ordinarily be possible, especially in today's climate.  The smiles on the students' faces said it all.  They were thrilled.  Parents were so appreciative. All of our teachers and students want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Brian Hammel and all of the staff at NHMC.   You continue to heal our community beyond the walls of the medical center."


Phillip Hollis, Principal

Parthenia Academy of Arts and Technology


With the support of our donors we were able to reinvent this amazing act of kindness and continue to put smiles on faces of children.  

A special thanks to our wonderful donors who really helped make this special event possible:

                • AAA T.L.C., Jody Sherman
                • Tonette & Joe Barcellona
                • Mel & Dolores Bator
                • CalCom Federal Credit Union
                • California State University -Northridge
                • Freedom Church of Chatsworth
                • Clark & Mary Grim
                • Valerie & Frank Kohler
                • Maria D. Martinez
                • Bill & Mary Newbold
                • Northridge Hospital Foundation
                • Northridge Hospital Medical Center
                • Joni Novosel
                • Planet Hope
                • Premier America Credit Union
                • Harold & Carole Pump Foundation
                • Tony Torres

CONTACT:    If you would like more information and/or to learn more, please contact:  Jen Zeltser at 818.885.5341, ext. 3 or

P.S. The children truly appreciate this special day and go home with great memories and toys to enjoy. They say “this is the best day of my life, I wish it could last longer.”